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Rushmore felon facing new charges

WORTHINGTON -- A stun gun, methamphetamine and a syringe apparently don't count as something an officer should know about, based on Ryan Julian Fitzgerald's lack of response when stopped by a Nobles County deputy last week.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Nobles County District Court Monday, Fitzgerald, 22, of Rushmore, was stopped Dec. 22 in the city of Rushmore when a deputy noticed him driving a vehicle with an obstructed license plate. Aware of an active warrant on Fitzgerald, the deputy stopped the vehicle and arrested him.

The deputy asked if there was anything on Fitzgerald's person he should be aware of, and Fitzgerald allegedly replied there was not. The deputy searched Fitzgerald and found a stun gun in his front coat pocket.

In the booking room of the Nobles County Jail, a corrections officer performed a more thorough search of Fitzgerald and allegedly located a spoon with meth residue and a capped syringe hidden in the man's belt. When the deputy asked Fitzgerald if he wanted to give a statement, Fitzgerald responded by asking what the deputy wanted him to give a statement about.

Fitzgerald allegedly admitted he had "shot up" meth using the syringe approximately eight hours prior to his arrest, but refused to give a statement.

He has previous convictions for terroristic threats from 2009 and several for driving after suspension and/or driving without a valid license. He was on probation for the felony terroristic threats conviction at the time of his arrest. According to the complaint, his driving privileges are currently suspended.

Fitzgerald is charged with fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, introduction of contraband into jail, driving after suspension, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an electronic incapacitation device by an ineligible person.